Sunday, April 23, 2017
Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished American riders, trainers and coaches in the sport of dressage, Michael Poulin was inducted into the United States Dressage Federation Hall of Fame in 2012. He trained and rode two horses — Graf George and Bombadier — to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics earning a Team Bronze alongside his long-time student Carol Lavell. In addition to his own competitive career, Michael's horses and students have succeeded at the very highest levels of dressage, including the Pan Am Games and the Olympics. Among them are Lendon Gray, Mary Howard, Larry Poulin, Michelle Gibson, Kate Poulin and Michael Barisone.
Michael is committed to the education and development of top U.S. athletes and horses. He created the USDF's National Dressage Symposium and Trainer's Conference, developed the USDF's Instructor Certification Program, and founded the Olympic Dream Program for Young Riders. He also sits on the board of The Dressage Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating and providing financial support for the advancement of dressage in the United States.
He maintains a rigorous training schedule at Pineland Farms, and made his return to the international competition arena in 2014.